For optimal health the body is composed of 80% negative electrons or ions (anions) and 20% positive electrons or ions (cations). When negative electrons in the body are exposed to pollutants, or other stressors from the environment of unhealthy lifestyles they become positively charged and when in excess are toxic to the body. These toxins interfere with the optimal functioning of the body and can lead to any number of symptoms.
The Ion-Cleanse Detox Footbath is essentially electrolysis of water to break down water molecules into thousands of ions that in turn create an electromagnetic energy field that travels through the feet and permeates the body. Once inside the body these ions start to neutralize the cations within the body and draw them out of the body through osmosis. The Ion-Cleanse foot baths create energy by altering the electron and proton load in the water to create an electromagnetic environment or “Bio-energetically” altering the water environment in which the patient places his or her feet to experience the donation of appropriate ions.
The donation of appropriate ions increases the body’s energy or simply translated “life energy”. This safe and painless tool is used to detoxify and balance the energy meridians of the body by the creation of this ionic field which helps to neutralize and eliminate harmful free radicals while removing unwanted debris. At the same time the treatment helps to balance the pH of the body.
Within the human body are energy channels known in Chinese Medicine as meridians. These meridians provide a pathway for energy to flow to or from a particular organ. These pathways begin or end at points on the feet. A person’s current state of health is determined by how well the energy in the body flows through these meridians
It is impossible to remove all the toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis however we can utilize tools to aid the detoxification processes of the body. These include oral cleansing programs, infrared sauna baths and up-regulating the functioning of the emunctory or the elimination organs: kidney, digestive tract, lungs, lymphatic system and skin.
The skin is the second largest organ of elimination (after the lungs). During the foot bath the body easily absorbs negative ions which neutralize free radicals and allow cells to more readily release toxins and absorb oxygen.
Healthy individuals can expect to feel lighter and experience a greater feeling of well being, reporting an increase in energy, vitality and improved sleep patterns. Others report improved recovery time and improved liver, kidney and bowel functions such as reduced fluid retention. Feelings of improved mental clarity and relaxation are most often reported. Some patients with pain, edema and swollen joints have reported relief immediately. Other patients with arthritis, allergies, gout, lymphadema, headaches and neuralgia as well as other symptoms have experienced relief and benefit with multiple treatments.
Your therapist will immerse your feet in a bath of warm salty water and instruct you not to move your feet during the 30 minute treatment in order to enhance the view of the treatment while in progress. The Ion-Cleanse Therapy Unit is plugged into the wall using a surge protector and the unit is equipped to automatically shut down if the salt solution gradient is not satisfactory for optimal functioning. The stainless steel array is immersed into the bath. This array is what generates the positive or negative ions that create the energy field for the duration of the treatment. Please note that moving your feet during the treatment will not affect the outcome of the treatment in any way.
The salt in the water provides the optimum conductivity. The ideal amperage during treatment is 1.5 to 2.1 (to generate the most negative ions) but this number will fluctuate during treatment.
All tap water has natural occurring minerals and impurities which are drawn out during this electrolysis treatment. The tea color of the water is due to this process. Some gases are also released including oxygen, chlorine and some sulphurs. The stainless steel array will also release some metals. The skin of the hands or feet depending on the pH of the skin will also release remnants of soap, creams, dyes and fibres, substances from sebaceous glands in the skin and of course dead skin cells. The internal health of the body will also influence and manifest in the water. The typical colors seen include: black, green, white, yellow and orange. The color of the water during the treatments will vary from treatment to treatment due to the energy state of the person and their toxicity level. Please note that the changing water color is not what this treatment is all about. It is about the effect the energy has on the body!
Remove all jewelry, include watches
Do not use a cell phone or a computer
If taking prescription medications take 6 hours before or 6 hours after treatment
Following the treatment replenish electrolytes with supplemental minerals including vitamin C and vegetable juices.
Children under age 5
Pregnant or lactating women
Anyone with pacemakers, electrical implants, breast implants and transplanted organs
Anyone with open wounds on their feet (use hands instead)
Anyone with Type 1 diabetes, congestive heart failure, dialysis
* Please note those with joint replacements and metal plates are safe to use the Ion-Cleanse Foot Bath.
The Ion-Cleanse Foot Bath is a detoxification treatment so those who have any degree of toxicity can expect to have some cleansing reactions. These may result in feelings of fatigue, headache and similar symptoms of the flu. These symptoms will abate with subsequent treatments and will do so more quickly by combining the treatments with Far-Infrared sauna, or Heel Detox Kit.
It is best to be on some kind of detoxification program while you are doing a series of detox foot baths to reduce cleansing reactions. These reactions are usually very mild and temporary and can include symptoms of headaches and fatigue. You can augment your detox footbath results with a total detoxification program, including FIR sauna, colon hydrotherapy and either the Heel Detox Kit (more simple) or the Blessed Herbs Internal Cleanse System (21 days and more involved). The Detox Kit is a homeopathic kit of remedies that help open up the key drainage organs in the body: the liver, lymph and kidney. 10 drops of each remedy is put into one liter of water and drunk throughout the day. This kit lasts for one month. The Internal Cleanse System has a more involved schedule for taking the supplements and cleansing herbs.
It is recommended to do at least 3 consecutive foot baths while on a detoxification program but to really put a dent in the chemical toxic load of the body, 10 weekly consecutive treatments are ideal. Resting 1- 2 months before resuming more treatments prevents excessive fatigue as a result of overly rapid detoxification.
During the procedure some electrolytes might be lost including calcium, magnesium, sodium, zinc, chromium and potassium. To replenish, taking your supplements after the treatment might be best. These should include minerals, vitamin C and essential fats such as cod liver and borage oil. Drinking vegetable juices, and green drink or Emergen-C mineral drink just after each treatment is recommended.
Elimination of toxins using the detox bath happens primarily through the kidney with maximum discharge occurring 6-10 hours after the bath treatment but continues for 1-3 days afterwards as well. According to some German studies the key elements discharged include aluminum, titanium, barium, nickel, lead, silver, tin, thallium and beryllium.